GRANTLAND: Life After Dunk City
The following expansive feature on the FGCU men's basketball team appeared on Grantland, a Bill Simmons' blog in assocation with ESPN.com, on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The piece is written by Jordan Conn (@JordanConn).
Let’s start with a dunk, because — let’s not kid ourselves — that’s why we’re here.
We can cover the rest later. We can talk to a 21-year-old, 11 months removed from his life’s defining moment. We can see what happens when a university becomes a meme. We can check in on the rapper who is no longer viral and on the small forward who has graduated from life as an enfleshed GIF. We can even follow prospective students around the institute of higher education that has staked its identity on a hashtag.
But in the beginning of this genesis story, there were dunks. This is Florida Gulf Coast University, one year after #DunkCity, and even now, the dunking comes first.
So here it is: Thursday night, February 6, in a game against Jacksonville University at Alico Arena, a few hundred yards away from swamp, a few miles from the largest strip mall you’ve ever seen. If you want to watch this human loop of no-looks and lobs, first you have to walk in from the parking lot, past the yellow truck that’s been painted to say “Dunk City.”
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